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The Trickle - Feb. 12 Snow removal edition

February 12, 2009 - Brian Ferry

Sense triggers

I don't know the research on the connection between smells and memory, but certain scents trigger memories in me. A simple example would be spring. I get all kinds of baseball memories (Little League on up) when I catch that first whiff of spring. One that very seldom hits is a scent (I don't know what it is) that reminds me of Grandpa Bill's house. It's infrequent, but it's strong. So, I'm used to my nose triggering some good feeling (my nose triggers bad feelings too, but those are usually not related to long-term memory). Recently, my ears made me feel better before I even knew why. I was walking from the car to the front door after work. In those few feet, my mood lifted dramatically. I figured out quickly that I was enjoying the sound of water dripping. Not usually one of my favorite sounds. But this was after the seemingly endless run of days when the temperature never got above 20 and a foot of snow had been on the lawn for a month.

Speaking of melting stuff

I heard this raucous noise outside the office one day. Being professionally nosy, I went to investigate. I discovered one of the minions of Mork chipping away at an enormous ice column at the back door to the office with a shovel. Mork was watching. He wasn't doing anything to stop the behavior. Eventually, the massive chunk of ice fell off, bringing down the wiring to a light and a large section of gutter with it.

 
 

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